Boardwalk Empire: Season 1, Episode 1

Boardwalk Empire (19 Sep. 2010)

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In 1920 Atlantic City, politician Enoch 'Nucky' Thompson makes arrangements to operate a liquor smuggling business during the early days of Prohibition. His driver, Jimmy Darmody, wishes to prove is usefulness.

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Enoch 'Nucky' Thompson, entertainment tycoon at the Boardwalk in Atlantic City, has gathered some of the most important members of the city council to a dinner at his nightclub Babette's Supper Club. It is two hours before the Prohibition will come into force on midnight January 17, 1920. At the dinner they discuss how to organize the distribution and selling of illegal alcohol. Next day Nucky makes an agreement with the smuggler Bill McCoy to buy 500 crates with Canadian whiskey for 35 grand. At a meeting at Nucky's restaurant the crime bosses Johnny Torrio and Big Jim Colosimo from Chicago, Arnold Rothstein and Lucky Luciano from New York, and Nucky himself discuss common interests. Outside Nucky's chauffeur Jimmy Darmody befriends Torrino's chauffeur Al Capone, both being veterans from World War I. Jimmy is frustrated with his inferior position in Nucky's new organization. He and Al Capone decide to rob the trucks that transport the 500 crates of illegal whiskey that Arnold ... Written by Maths Jesperson {maths.jesperson1@comhem.se}

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The expression, "Joe, say it isn't so" is a reference to Shoeless Joe Jackson and the 'fixed' 1919 World Series with the Chicago White Sox (a.k.a Black Sox Scandal.) See more »

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The record Colosimo is playing on the phonograph in his restaurant just before he is killed is from the 1930's, not 1920 or before. It is an RCA Victor "Red Seal" record, in 1920 it would have been branded simply "Victor" because RCA didn't buy Victor Talking Machine Company until 1929. Also, the end of the record has a spiraling groove in the blank space around the label which was never found on records until they became electronically recorded in 1925, records before this time were recorded acoustically. See more »

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Enoch 'Nucky' Thompson: [entering the casino where Rothstein has been cheating and winning big] You fellas ever hear of sleep?
Arnold Rothstein: Who can sleep with all this excitement?
Enoch 'Nucky' Thompson: Heard you had a lucky streak.
Lucky Luciano: [smirking] Luck had nothing to do with it.
Arnold Rothstein: I'm a skilled player is what he means.
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All I Can Say Is "Wow"
19 September 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Boardwalk Empire has the potential to become television's Goodfellas or Godfather Part 2. This pilot episode, directed by Martin Scorcese, is very hooking and addictive for starters. It's masterfully acted, has the authentic feel for the time period, has a gripping story, and just looks like a world you would want to be in.....maybe. This series has an all-star cast led by Steve Buscemi who is excellent, Michael Pitt, Michael Shannon, and Kelly Macdonald.

This pilot introduces us to Nucky Thompson who is from Atlantic City and is half gangster, half politician. On the eve of Prohibition, he makes a deal that will involve illegal booze in the city. Meanwhile, we meet a young hotshot just done with the war and wants more to do and of course the specialized-trained task forces designed just for Prohibition.

Overall, this is an excellent pilot. I am looking forward to the next three seasons and I hope each episode is just as good as the pilot. I also like how they took so much care to make this episode very historically accurate. They certainly did their research. I rate this episode 9/10.


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